Risk profile change for aflatoxin B1 in maize

07-09-2018 | |
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As a result of the evaluation of the available analysis results of aflatoxin B1 in maize, GMP+ International, together with other accepted scheme owners, have adjusted the risk profile for aflatoxin B1.

Because of the forthcoming new maize harvest, the classification of countries also takes into account information about growing and harvesting conditions. In addition, consideration has been given to countries where a possible mix with old (2017) harvest from high-risk countries could pose a risk to feed safety. Based on these criteria, it was decided at the beginning of the 2018 harvest year that all countries should first be classified as Medium, with the exception of 17 low-risk countries and two high-risk countries.

Changed risk profiles:

  • India – reduced from high to medium
  • Bulgaria – raised from low to medium
  • Canada – raised from low to medium
  • Croatia – raised from low to medium
  • Slovakia – raised from low to medium
  • Spain – raised from low to medium
  • Czech Republic – raised from low to medium

This means that countries that have moved from high to medium risk can be analysed less frequently. Countries in the medium risk level should now be analysed more frequently. The new risk profiles take effect as of 17 September 2018.

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Emmy Koeleman Freelance editor